As a child, I loved tales of forbidden adventures in familiar places. I longed to explore the Met after hours like the kids in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and dreamed of wandering the Museum of Natural History à la Night at the Museum.
As an adult, my daydreams have slightly shifted to encompass my love of Italian culture. Today, I imagine late-night adventures in the Colosseum in Rome, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, or the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.
And, I admit it: though I work at Eataly, I dream about what would happen if I were “accidentally” locked in the enormous Italian marketplace overnight, surrounded by restaurants and counters and aisles of high-quality food and wine. I picture dancing plates of salumi and formaggi, an impossible range of decadent dishes, and ever-flowing sparkling drinks — all accompanied by the serenading of a grand orchestra to complete the epic experience, of course.
In a few short weeks, my imagination will be outshone when Eataly New York opens its doors from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. December 7 for La Bellezza Eataliana, a late-night celebration of “tutte le belle cose italiane,” or “all the beautiful Italian things:” food, wine, and culture!
During this event, guests will enjoy a luxurious menu with many courses; a selection of wines, beers, and specialty cocktails; and music composed by Rossini and performed by the renowned Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino, conducted by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda. Maestro Noseda is among the most sought-after conductors of our time; he has propelled the Teatro Regio Torino into the ranks of the leading opera houses in the world since becoming its music director in 2007. On the same day as La Bellezza Eataliana, the Teatro Regio Torino will be performing at the illustrious Carnegie Hall, in addition to other tour performances in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.
The night will conclude at 1 a.m. with a grand finale as Eataly’s founder Oscar Farinetti orchestrates a special broadcast live to Italy with a final performance by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino; a spaghettata, the traditional Italian late-night spaghetti feast; and, of course, a toast to La Bellezza Eataliana!
Tickets for La Bellezza Eataliana are available on Eataly’s website. The event will raise awareness for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which supports programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries. A partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector, and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund’s goal is to end AIDS, TB, and malaria as epidemics.
Please join me on December 7 as I live my dreams and celebrate Italian culture at La Bellezza Eataliana!
Caitlin Addlesperger – After earning a degree in Italian language and literature, I lived in central Italy for a couple of years before moving to New York. As the Eataly PR Associate, I am lucky enough to combine my passion for Italy’s language, cuisine, and culture with my love of learning. Whether I am meeting a miller from upstate New York or a winegrower from northern Italy, I hear new stories every day and continue to speak, eat, and breathe all things Italian.